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The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2007, it was still racially segregated. Filmmaker Margaret Brown, herself a daughter of Mobile, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city’s two carnivals. With unprecedented access, she traces the exotic world of secret mystic societies and centuries-old traditions and pageantry; diamond-encrusted crowns, voluminous, hand-sewn gowns, surreal masks and enormous paper-maché floats. Against this opulent backdrop, she uncovers a tangled web of historical violence and power dynamics – elusive forces that keep this hallowed tradition organized along enduring color lines.
For decades, Boston has been a center for documentary filmmaking. It is a place where students come to learn and experiment, where some of documentary’s giants are teaching and creating new work, and where the craft is continuously nurtured and expanded. Today’s filmmakers are breaking new ground that has its foundation, more often than not, in Boston’s rich documentary legacy.
Celebrating what is innovative, interesting, and inspiring in documentary, The DocYard is a bi-weekly film and discussion series at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. Every other Tuesday from February through April, we will gather together to be introduced to films and filmmakers and connect with one another.
Our goal is to grow a vibrant, creative community for Boston’s filmmakers, film students and film lovers through each of these special events.
Check out The DocYard website for complete schedule and additional information.